Jerusa Smith

18 December 1750–
Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Jerusa

When Jerusa Smith was born on 18 December 1750, in Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, David Smith, was 25 and her mother, Eunice Jones, was 15. She married David Crane on 7 January 1772, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters.

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David Crane
Jerusa Smith
Marriage: 7 January 1772
David Crane
Betsey Crane
Samuel Pitkin Crane
Charles Crane
Chauncey Crane
Jerusha Crane
Charlotte Crane
Theodocia Crane
Betsey Crane
Lemuel Crane
John Crane
Dr. John Washington Crane
Warren Smith Crane

Spouse and Children

7 January 1772
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America


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Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Jerusha in entry for Betsey Reed, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • Jerusha in entry for John Crane, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Jerusha in entry for Betsey Reed, "Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887"

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